We snagged a Bimaa Sweater pattern during the Friday Fiver over at Crafterhours, and immediately got to sewing! Aria had a birthday recently, and so I made her a whole outfit. That skirt will be coming soon, but for today, I want to show you the Bimaa Sweater, and explain how I added a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater. You see, LouBeeDoo Clothing, who makes the Bimaa, recommends avoiding the temptation of making the hood from woven material because it won’t stretch and fit over their head. So if you want to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater, you have to do it like this tutorial.
How to Add a Woven Lining to the Hood of the Bimaa Sweater
Step 1: Mark a line across your hood pattern piece, about 1/4 inch above the jutting out part, as shown.
Step 2: Cut out the section below the line from knit fabric, adding 1/4 inch to the top. Cut out the section above the line from woven fabric, adding a 1/4 inch to the bottom for seam allowance.
Step 3: Sew the two pieces together.
Proceed with the pattern directions. You can cut the middle piece from woven fabric without following the steps above because there will be enough stretch from the knit on the hood pieces.
I really admire all the versions of the Bimaa Sweater that I’ve seen, and can’t wait to make the cowl neck version and the shawl collar version too. I just wish the Bimaa Sweater came in adult sizes!
The only other change I made to the Bimaa Sweater pattern was to lengthen the cuffs. I’m sure Aria gets her long arms from me! When she tried on the Bimaa Sweater she loved it except the sleeves were too short, so the easiest thing was to lengthen the cuffs. And she thinks long cuffs look better on her than short cuffs. I tend to agree with her for larger sizes.
So now you know how to add a woven lining to the hood of the Bimaa Sweater! Have fun!
The Bimaa Sweater is very fast and easy to sew…as long as you don’t have to go back and add sleeve length! But even then, I made the Bimaa Sweater in just one afternoon.